Udhagai or Udhagamandalam, which is also popularly known as Ootacamund or Ooty, is a municipal township which is the district capital of the Nilgiris District that is located in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. The township of Ooty lies 80 kilometers north of the Coimbatore city and is one of the most popular place for honeymoon in India. Ootacamund is a popular hill station which was originally occupied by the Toda Tribes, but was subsequently annexed to the British Raj and was thereafter governed by the East India Company after the end of 18th Century.
Today Ooty is not only famous all over the globe as an extremely popular tourist hill destination in south India, but Ooty is also famous for the cultivation of exotic spices, medical herbs and photographic films. Ooty is well connected with the rest of the country by railway and road links and as of 2011 this extremely popular honeymoon destination has a population of more than 88,000 which ranks quite high compared to the inhabitable area of this place.
The Ooty Township is located deep within the folds of the Nilgiri Mountains and so despite its location in the tropics, Ooty features a pleasant and mild weather condition throughout the year. Though the nighttime temperatures in Ooty are generally chilly during the months of January and February, Ooty town appears to be eternally stuck in the spring season where the average temperature for the rest of the months in the year remains anywhere in-between 17 to 20 degrees centigrade.
If one is inquisitive about knowing the tourist place in Ooty; The Government Rose Garden, The Ooty Botanical Garden, The famous Ooty Lake, The Stone House, which is the first bungalow that was constructed in Ooty by John Sullivan, which is also known as the Kala Bunglow, The Toda Huts, The Ooty Mountain railway station, The Saint Stephen Church, The Wax World or the Ooty Wax Museum, The Udhagai Tribal Museum and the Ooty Deer park are some of the must see places while visiting this Hill Township in Andhra Pradesh.
The Ooty Township doesn’t have any civilian airport facility. However, the nearest airports which are in proximity of this township are the Coimbatore Airport, The Kozhikode Airport and The Bangalore Airport which are often used by air-faring travelers to reach this hilly land.
Although travelling to Ooty is comfortable throughout the year, but the best time to visit this hill resort is between the months of May and October when the climate in Ooty remains the best.